Well a little about my self, I'm 31, 6'2", 450-500lbs, from Alberta,Canada. haven't had a scale that can read my weight in a long time. I'm trying, cancel trying, I AM LOSING WEIGHT!!! gotta give up the Coca-Cola (That stuff hard for me to stop drinking) started swimming 1 to 2 times a day. And walking as much as i can stand....i just hate walking takes forever to get anywhere around here.
Anyway, I'm looking for a Bike. I have looked at a Recumbent Trike from Lightfoot Cycles...which is something I am really interested in, Sun makes the EZ-3 USX HD I am also interested in.
I want to get your guys opinion on a Hybrid Bike with a custom wheel set. My inseam is around 31" so short legs long torso. I have read some of the post from the larger Clydes, and see most of them are on up rights. Because of where I live some parts might be hard to come by, but if i can assemble a list of parts that will take the weight, and wont break the bank I should be able to talk to the LBS, and some of the bigger stores in Edmonton to gather the parts. Winter is coming fast here, but all that means is there are sales on old models and such. Are there any bikes, that i can buy from the factory that could take the weight with maybe a change of wheels, and seat?
So for you bigger guys, how is the up right? Lots of pain, or more just soreness from riding? What equipment do you wear? Padded Shorts? shoes that clip in to the peddle? knee Braces? anything you might add that you learned the hard way and would like to pass on your wisdom?
My goal is to get this Bike in working order for next April when the snow melts and the trails get cleared, until Then I will have to walk, and swim as much of my butt off as possible probably join the gym for the winter, and ride the recumbent exercise cycles they have there to start my training.
I used to ride all the time 14 years ago, talking up to 35 miles at a time to go to the lake once or twice a week....hehe scared my mom with that when I told her what we did, of course only told her that last year. So got my butt reamed 13 years AFTER we did it, that was funny mothers always think your still children.
I want to regain that ambition, feeling the burn after a long ride, and just plain enjoying life 250 to 300 pounds lighter, had a cardiogram last year, they said my tickers fine, so now i gotta work that little sucker out, get the endurance back.
Thank you all